Add Color with Powder Coating

WHAT: Two-day Workshop
Wear Ever Jewelry Studio School, 1112 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
February 2–3, 2019; 9:30 am–6 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Bartlett
COST: $425 (all materials included)

Powder coating is an exciting method of applying bright colors and textures to metal. This process uses an electrostatic charge to adhere powder to metal and the powder is then cured under heat to form a tough, durable skin. This typically industrial process produces color surfaces that last longer than paint or patina. You can use it to accent a component or to finish a whole piece. There are many different hues and surface treatments that can apply to any practice or aesthetic.

In this workshop, guest instructor, Amanda Bartlett, will lead you through the steps of preparing metal, applying powder, curing, and cold connecting parts that move, to produce striking one-of-a-kind pieces to take home.


Amanda hails from Texas and has a BFA in Studio Art, specializing in metals. She’s fresh off a residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Her work pops with vibrant whimsy.

It’s all about color and durability for Amanda. When she first started working with metal, she was adamantly against color. “To be honest. I was a patina and bare metal kinda gal at the beginning of my metals career,” she says. A teacher opened Amanda’s eyes to other possibilities, devoting a whole semester to color. As you can see from the above photo, she’s never looked back.

Amanda enjoys bringing this industrial process down to a small scale and loves the wild neon colors she can achieve. Her first powder-coated piece was a reliquary time brooch made with her best friend’s hair, a little pin cushion made with vintage fabrics, and a WWII toy plane bomb sewed to it.

Amanda promises an exciting, fun and fast-paced workshop that will impart quite a few tricks of the trade, as well as killer handouts.

Join us for this fascinating workshop and bring color into your work!